Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud – aka Pumpkinhead 4: Blood Feud – is a 2007 made-for-sequel in the Pumpkinhead franchise. The film was written and directed by Mike Hurst. It directly follows 2006’s Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes.
The film stars Amy Manson, Bradley Taylor, Claire Lams, Rob Freeman, Ovidiu Niculescu, Peter Barnes, Lance Henriksen and Elvin Dandel.
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Two men on motorcycles are driving away from Pumpkinhead. One of the men hits a tree branch in their path, falling from his motorcycle and allowing Pumpkinhead to catch up to him. As the man is being killed, a man in a log cabin seems to share the pain inflicted by Pumpkinhead on the fallen man.
The surviving man, named Dallas, rides to the log cabin, and the man who conjured Pumpkinhead, begging him to call the demon off. Pumpkinhead smashes through the window and Dallas attempts to fend him off by shooting him with a small pistol with little effect, and is clawed in the chest by the demon.
When Dallas realizes that his bullets have no effect on Pumpkinhead, he swears to take the summoner with him, shooting the man and killing him, causing Pumpkinhead to vanish. Ed Harley then appears telling Dallas that Pumpkinhead will return and there will be no place to hide.
Five years later we are shown the family of the Hatfields and McCoys ongoing feud started because of a car crash in the 30’s. The Hatfields then trash the McCoy wedding. Jody Hatfield sneaks out to see her true love, Ricky McCoy. Ricky brings his sister, Sarah, to look out for him and Jody. The two then start to make out…
The narrative is more concerned with a dreary Romeo and Juliet-style tale of forbidden love and an age-old backwoods family feud rather than the essential horror elements. Decent production values aside, Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud is uninspiring despite the impressive creature effects and the requisite gory demises.
Adrian J Smith, MOV!ES and MAN!A
‘I couldn’t help but get the feeling this film was originally intended to be set in the early 1900s until the producers came along and insisted that it be set in the present, and despite being set in present times, the filmmakers still went out of their way to make just about everything look, feel, and sound like it’s from at least a century ago.’ Jon Condit, Dread Central
“Better than Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (1993) and Pumpkinhead III: Ashes To Ashes (2006), Pumpkinhead 4: Blood Feud (2007) is more gory, with P-diddyhead stomping on faces (making ’em go goosh!), slashing open bellies to let loose the intestines within, gouging eyeballs, ripping off limbs and making that eerie noise that sounds like a rattlesnake with an electric toothbrush caught in it’s throat.” Jeff Gilbert, Drinkin’ & Drive-In
” …we get people from LA providing the worst fake southern accents I have heard in a while, and Lance Henrikisen looking like melted candle in his 4 minutes of screen time. The Pumpkinhead monster alternated between looking like a claymation puppet from a 60′ sci fi movie, and a mediocre beast formed out of paper mache.” Bloodcrypt
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